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Chinese Couple Sells Kids To Fund Online Gaming

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the achievement-unlocked dept.

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A Chinese couple who really like to game are under arrest for selling their kids and converting the money into game currency. From the article: "In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to sell her for money to fund their online game obsession. They did so, receiving RMB 3,000 (less than $500), which they spent entirely shortly after. The couple then proceeded to sell their first child and got 10 times as much for him -- RMB 30,000, or about $4600. Upon having their third child -- another boy -- the parents followed in their previous footsteps and also got RMB 30,000 for him." I wonder what the "kid seller" achievement looks like?

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Gold? (3, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896252)

What exactly would that be in wow gold?

Re:Gold? (2)

trum4n (982031) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897786)

How about BitCoins?

Industrious (4, Funny)

MischaNix (2163648) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896280)

Three? That's far more children than your average non-Chinese WoW player could produce. Industrious folks, those.

Re:Industrious (1)

ivandavidoff (969036) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896360)

Puts the lie to the obsessed gamer in mom's basement stereotype, don't it.

Re:Industrious (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896572)

I see you haven't heard the Canadian/doggy style joke.

Re:Industrious (1)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896758)

You have now piqued my interest. If this joke is real, I *must* know it..:)

Re:Industrious (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896842)

: Why do Canadians do it doggy style? A: So they can both watch the hockey game.

Re:Industrious (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897320)

The joke being?

Unless you give me a good way to watch the game upside down and still enjoy it, I cannot see the problem.

Re:Industrious (2)

Samalie (1016193) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897788)

Why do Canadians do it doggy style? A: So they can both watch the hockey game

Unless you give me a good way to watch the game upside down and still enjoy it, I cannot see the problem.

You've never had sex, let alone doggie style, have you?

Re:Industrious (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897206)

Now updated:

  Why do Chinese gamers do it doggy-style? So they can have kids to sell while both playing games.

Re:Industrious (0, Troll)

madhatter256 (443326) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897430)

I think in reality it's more children than they can legally have... at least having them all together.... China, last I checked, limited the number children parents can have to at least one or two children (twins) and encouraged more women than boys.

Addiction might have been the catalyst to sell them but with that law, anyone caught with more than two kids will go to jail or if they are pregnant with a third child, they can get detained and induce an abortion.

Re:Industrious (1, Informative)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897648)

.... China, last I checked, limited the number children parents can have to at least one or two children (twins) and encouraged more women than boys.

....anyone caught with more than two kids will go to jail ...

I suggest you start looking things up before commenting. There's indeed a restriction, but (a) it's a fine, not jail time, and (b) as with most Asian countries, the preference is for boys, not girls. The "induce an abortion" comment seems to just be a troll.

Re:Industrious (2)

FhnuZoag (875558) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897740)

Enh. Many regions have relaxed the law to two children per couple, and the official penalty for violating the law is a fine and withdrawal of state support for education and medical care. Forced abortions are against the law in China, though it sometimes still goes on in the more rural parts.

what the "kid seller" achievement looks? (1)

immakiku (777365) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896292)

I believe that looks like a jail cell.

Re:what the "kid seller" achievement looks? (1)

MischaNix (2163648) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896344)

On the bright side, maybe the forced labor camp they're put into will have gold-farming on the schedule, a la this stuff. [guardian.co.uk]

Re:what the "kid seller" achievement looks? (1)

Archwyrm (670653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896818)

The firing squad is more more likely [wikipedia.org] . More appropriate as well.

Good for the kids (3, Insightful)

Manfre (631065) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896332)

The couple clearly should not have any kids. It's good that other, hopefully more capable, people will properly care and provide for them.

Re:Good for the kids (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896502)

People who buy other people's kids frequently don't have their best interests in mind.

Re:Good for the kids (2)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896850)

People who buy other people's kids frequently don't have their best interests in mind.

And lets not completely forget the so much less likely "infertility" angle of adoption...

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897538)

I'm not sure how the adoption process works in China, but people who purchase children as opposed to going through the standard channels of adoption probably don't have their best interests in mind.

I'm guessing that since they are in trouble it was more shady than anything.

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897758)

And the reason the absolutely angelic buyers didn't go through more formal (not to mention legal) adoptions?

Yeah, I'm kind of scared what happened to those kids.

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36898058)

Because when you adopt through "normal channels" you are guaranteed to get the retards that no one wants.

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897844)

And lets not completely forget the so much less likely "infertility" angle of adoption...

Which can be done free and easily. I'm not saying that the kids were sold into the sex trade, or for slavery but I wouldn't want to say it's unlikely either. If someone buys a gun anonymously, with the reg numbers etc removed (assuming you live somewhere they could buy it legally for less) you'd have a nagging suspicion...

Re:Good for the kids (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897808)

People who buy other people's kids frequently don't have their best interests in mind.

You would then prefer the kids stay with their parents who don't have their best interests in mind either?

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896540)

Sorry for the harsh reality check but the article didn't say anything about getting the kids back or that they were sold into anything but the people trafficking rings in China. Unfortuately those kids are probably not doing so well.

Not Just in China (1)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896848)

Keep in mind that this does not just happen in China. I can think offhand of human trafficking rings in the United States (Times Square, San Diego, LA, Ohio, Florida, the DC-Maryland Corridor, New Jersey, and many other places), Europe (Germany, Britain, Italy, Albania, Moldova, to name a few), Asia (Russia, China, Korea, Tawain) and more.

In the United States, for example, several hundred thousand teens are at high risk of being trafficked each year.

See River of Innocents [amazon.com] for a good primer on the subject.

Re:Good for the kids (1)

ji777 (1107063) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896592)

I imagine they actually ended up in the human trafficking market. Not a good outcome at all.

Re:Good for the kids (1)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897754)

Or just eaten.
There is actually a market for this in China.

Re:Good for the kids (1)

AikonMGB (1013995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896614)

While that sounds right in principle, do you think the kids are any better off with someone that purchased them with money, as if they were goods to be owned, or services to be rendered (both of which are scary thoughts).

Aikon-

Re:Good for the kids (1)

darjen (879890) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896736)

If a couple really wants kids but cannot afford to have them, then why not? It's not saying they are goods to be owned. It's saying that someone will pay for the privilege of raising them in a real family instead of people who are addicted to online gaming. Turning it into a black market makes it much more difficult to ensure they would go to a good home. And much easier for less scrupulous dealers to get in. Perhaps if it was legal and regulated, it would be a much easier alternative to adoption for families who really want children.

Anyway, it was illegal and people still sold them anyway. So I guess it really didn't save those kids, did it?

Re:Good for the kids (1)

vikisonline (1917814) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896910)

You must live in a box to know know about the Asian slave/sex slave market. I'd rather not think about it but I would not think of it as some loving family adopting them.

Re:Good for the kids (1)

vikisonline (1917814) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897052)

To not know, not know know. Where is my edit button?

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897226)

The fact that the boys received staggeringly higher prices than the girl suggests that this was not a purchase for the sex trade, but for people who actually wanted children.

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897628)

That's not definitive at all. Ask the ancient Romans.

Re:Good for the kids (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897644)

Or a catholic priest ;).

Re:Good for the kids (2)

jrroche (1937546) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897110)

There's the possibility that some lovely foreign gay couple purchased all three of them because their local adoption agency wouldn't approve them just because they're gay, but gosh darnit, they'll love those kids and give them a wonderful environment and keep all the brothers and sisters together and it'll just be great. There's also the much likelier possibility that they were sold into some kind of slavery, sexual or otherwise, because such a practice is still quite prevalent in various developing countries, China included. I can assure that even if buying children for the purposes of adoption were legal and regulated, a black market for human trafficking would still exist.

Re:Good for the kids (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897500)

It isn't just difficult to ensure they go to a good home, it makes it insanely improbable. There are legitimate adoption routes, one who doesn't go through them is most likely one who has reason to not go through them. Especially since if I recall at least one of them was a girl (In general in china if I recall daughters are not wanted, and if someone is spending money to have one it is likely an investment that they expect her to have worked and paid the cost of her purchase by the age of 13)

Re:Good for the kids (1)

Manfre (631065) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897440)

Sorry to burst your bubble, but children are property until they reach a "legal age". If a 13 year old runs away from home, they will be brought back to the parents (property owners) the same as a dog, car or other item that can be identified as belonging to parents. Children also cannot enter in to binding contracts without parent consent.

Many caring people adopt (a.k.a. purchase) children from other countries, which would certainly lead to a better life for the purchased child. The story doesn't mention if the sellers had any sort of selection criteria or if they just passed them off to other human traffickers.

Which is worse?
1. Child is sold and lives a life of being exploited (sweatshop labor, sexually abused, etc.)
2. Child dies from neglect because parents were too busy playing video games? Wouldn't be the first time.
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/news200605wowbaby [eurogamer.net]
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/05/korean-girl-starved-online-game [guardian.co.uk]

Re:Good for the kids (3, Informative)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36898066)

In most developed countries if a child runs away from home and shows signs of abuse or neglect, not only will they not be sent back home immediately, but the family will be investigated: possibly losing all their kids and/or going to jail. A friend of mine laid down to take a nap with her 1 and 3 year olds. She was awakened around 35 minutes later by a knock on the door. It was the police, with her 3 year old. He'd apparently decided that he wasn't sleepy, and wanted to walk to gramma's house. He'd created a stool from some books to reach the front doorknob and had walked about three blocks before a neighbor saw him and called the cops.

Since the kids was obviously cared for and not abused, the cops brought him home; but child services was by the next day to talk about it and continued to check in for a few months. This was for an obviously well dressed, well fed, kid with no bruises or signs of abuse, who had clearly "escaped" at nap time. You can bet things wouldn't have been nearly as polite if there were any signs of abuse or neglect. Now I thought child services was being ridiculously over cautious, but then again I know my friends and I know they take care of their kids. From an outsider's perspective I suppose they were just being prudent.

Re:Good for the kids (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896918)

Mod Parent: +5 Troll or -5 Handi-capable Liberal

Re:Good for the kids (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897098)

The couple clearly should not have any kids. It's good that other, hopefully more capable, people will properly care and provide for them.

China is highly patriarchal so the little boys who sold for big bucks will be raised with no idea they were bought elsewhere and treated as well as possible as sons of the new family. The little girl who sold for 1/10 of the boys' prices will end up in a situation like Cosette with the Thenardiers.

Re:Good for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897614)

It's called fucking for cash. Generally prostitutes do this. However some people plan on a nine month ROI.

"Work in a factory? Shit, I AM the factory. The uterus is very busy these years."

Re:Good for the kids (1)

he-sk (103163) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897928)

Yes, human traffickers are known to care about their "product."

There is no guarantee at all that the children ended up in a loving family. It is much more likely that they are being exploited (or even dead).

Win / Win (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896354)

Cash for games AND more time to play them? Living the dream.

But which game(s) does she play? (1)

DataDiddler (1994180) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896376)

How can we judge whether or not this was a good decision without the requisite information?

*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896384)

First, derailed trains due to incompetent engineering.
Next it was banning WiFi for their own companies.
Now they are selling children for online games??!! ....God Dammit, China..... It's like Abbot and Costello over there!

Who did they sell to? (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896388)

With a billion people in China, and rampant starvation, who the heck would pay that much (relatively) for a child?! Did they sell to a foreign couple or what?

Re:Who did they sell to? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896586)

Selling children for sex is a pretty lucrative business,

Re:Who did they sell to? (3, Interesting)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897096)

Also, organised crime rings use them for begging. It's not unknown for them to kidnap children and starve them to death (because people tend to be more generous if the child is in a desperate state). Presumably if they paid for these kids there would be more incentive to keep them alive, but I'm undecided about whether that would be better.

wrong question to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896866)

the correct question is - what did they sold the children for. And the answer [topix.com] ...

Re:Who did they sell to? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896874)

Clearly there was no shortage of buyers as they quickly unloaded 3. I'd say I'm 99.999% sure they didn't sell to a foreign "couple". More like a local scumbag.
Rampant starvation? Poverty, yes. Starvation? Check again.

not neccessarily a "gaming" story (5, Insightful)

rjejr (921275) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896406)

People have been selling their kids since, well, people have been having kids. I'll admit this is the first time I've heard of it strictly for gaming purposes, but they didn't trade in their kids for games - they sold them for money - only what they did with the money is different.

Re:not neccessarily a "gaming" story (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896616)

This is the only reasonable comment I have read on this story. People should study anthropology to understand this issue. Essentially cultures that place very little value on the act of sex will typically place very little value on the results of the low value act. Cultures that place a very high cultural value on the act of sex will place a high value on the results. Asking people to place a low value on an act and a high value on the results of the act creates a contradictory cultural value system which will typically result in social conflict and contradictory activity. Duh.

Re:not neccessarily a "gaming" story (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897148)

Except that China places a pretty high cultural value on the act of sex.

Re:not neccessarily a "gaming" story (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897496)

Please explain the US attitude towards sex and all things sexually and the overbearing "think of the children" policies.

Re:not neccessarily a "gaming" story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896884)

[...] but they didn't trade in their kids for games - they sold them for money - only what they did with the money is different.

Congrats, I think you've just stumbled across the exact definition of "money laundering".

It must be true!! (5, Insightful)

Dr Kool, PhD (173800) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896450)

No link to original source? And original source is supposedly Chinese state-run media??

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Re:It must be true!! (1)

Panoptes (1041206) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896566)

I smell a rat. How does this story square with China's 'one child' law? Looks like an urban myth to me.

Re:It must be true!! (1)

space_jake (687452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896686)

Probably home birth. AFK water breaking.

Re:It must be true!! (1)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897442)

Water breaking is not the same as home birth. Are you 15? Talk to a girl sometime.

Water will break at the start of labor, but does not imply that the labor will necessarily complete in the home.

Re:It must be true!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897570)

Also not true. Sometimes water doesn't break until the very end. Sometimes the doctors break the water manually. Don't believe everything Holywood tells you about child birth.

Re:It must be true!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897666)

I think it was a joke.
A reference to what the woman might have typed in chat:

"Away From Keyboard - Water Breaking"

As in...I need to step away and give birth for a bit. BRB.

Re:It must be true!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897864)

I think he was making a gaming reference... something you might say to your guild. AFK (Away from Keyboard), my water is breaking...

lol. He wasn't confusing water breaking with birthing.

Re:It must be true!! (1)

cskrat (921721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36898038)

It will if the mother does not leave the home after said water breaks.

Re:It must be true!! (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896868)

That rule applies to urban centers, in the article it said they would travel 30km to the internet cafe so I imagine this totally fictitious couple would be in rural China and therefore not restrained by that law.

Yea, this looks like an urban myth to me also, right up there with the guy who died after playing for 72 hours straight.

Re:It must be true!! (2)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896620)

ya this story has been making it's rounds for about a week on the internet and I can't find any real world source for it. It's like the story appeared out of no where and then just proliferated itself.

Re:It must be true!! (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896662)

Aye, this is setting off my bullshit detector.

So they had three children in China, and sold them all without the government sticking their nose into their business?

Re:It must be true!! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897472)

Did it threaten the rule of the great party? No? Then why bother sticking the nose into it?

Totalitarian regimes are much more concerned with their own well being than with that of their subjects.

China Daily and Global Times Links Right Here (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896942)

No link to original source? And original source is supposedly Chinese state-run media??

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Here is a link from the English China Daily [chinadaily.com.cn] which is state run [wikipedia.org] . And here's a tabloid branch of the People's Daily [globaltimes.cn] running the story but usually this paper focuses on global issues [wikipedia.org] .

Re:It must be true!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897134)

ABC news also reports video surfaced of President Obama engaging in anal intercourse with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Not saying kids selling didn't happen, who really knows.
But western media is in such incestuous relation with western governments that it has zero credibility (especially when fantastic story magically appears out of thin air with no documentation).
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction?

BTW I saw the video, and Obama has a large schlong.

Re:It must be true!! (2)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897210)

ABC news also reports video surfaced of President Obama engaging in anal intercourse with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Don't tease like that and then fail to link!

Re:It must be true!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36898086)

I have a serious question:

Why would a "link to a source" change things in *any* way?
Because that "source" is a higher "authority"?
Yeah... because that definitely makes things true.
Not silly stuff like the scientific model with its personal observation confirming one's hypothesis. Not rational logic based on proper paradigms and physics.

Nooo. Truthiness is the real "truth". Belief in the "source", Luke!

PROTIP: Don't believe anything you haven't observed for yourself. Because you can't tell if it's made up. And until you observe it yourself, you never will.
Look at everything around you. This is reality.
Now look at your screen. This is NOT reality. (Also true for: Every other form of communication.)

I cannot understand, how people can be as dumb as you.
Really. It's as if you never learned the scientific model, never thought about what reality is, never tried to find the meaning of life, never looked into the physics of life, neurology, psychology or sociology.
I wonder how you even get up in the morning.
I really do.

Achievement! (5, Funny)

bradorsomething (527297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896488)

You have earned the Achievement: "Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Gold 'Em!"

Selling Girls not Uncommon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896508)

Thanks to various social and political pressures over the last 30 years there is a gender gap, this has created a market for girls in China that is being filled at home and abroad (in places like Vietnam).

This is hardly shocking news (sad news maybe, that must be one great game, but not shocking).

Re:Selling Girls not Uncommon (1)

tebixan (2118724) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897544)

It looks like there is more of a market for boys. Their girl sold for $500, while their boys sold for $4600 each.

1 child policy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36896570)

my ass

Was it worth the cost? (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896582)

Even just birthing a child costs money (hospital bill, excess food bill for the mother, etc.), I don't know the exact figures though, was it really worth it?

World Currency Unit (1)

hantarto (2421914) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896610)

I think I know of way to better enable international traders to buy and sell their childrens.

Imagine of single currency in the world! Let us call it World Currency Unit (WCU). It'll simplify world monetary system. We don't need to calculate currency rate of change anymore. On traveling, we don't need to spend time at money changer. In computer, how many bytes can we safe by excluding currency field. Implementing WCU, we can cut one half of our thought about money. But for some speculators, it'll cut their opportunity.

I hope this idea can be realized soon. People from China can sell children to people of America without need for currency conversion, and problem like this can be avoided.

Posting to undo moderation (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896664)

Marked something "Redundant" when I meant to mark it "Insightful." Whoops.

Unlike selling your kidney for an iPad 2 (1)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896676)

they didn't seem to regret their transaction(s) because they sold three kids (and not all at once). They seem to have gotten better at it as they went along, getting higher and higher prices. (Or maybe the later ones were just cuter/harder working).

http://www.pcworld.com/article/229318/kid_sells_kidney_for_ipad_2_regrets_transaction.html [pcworld.com]

Re:Unlike selling your kidney for an iPad 2 (1)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896974)

The second two children sold were male, and worth more in that society than the young girl.

Re:Unlike selling your kidney for an iPad 2 (1)

jrroche (1937546) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897168)

The first was a girl and the second two were boys. They didn't get better at it, the Chinese just don't put a very high value on females children.

Meanwhile... (1)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896714)

...a gold farm is shopping for more child slave labor to produce more virtual crap to sell to negligent parents.

Sell each other (1)

velvetk (2422704) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896862)

Eventually, the husband will sell the wife or vice versa.

Re:Sell each other (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897154)

Eventually, the husband will sell the wife or vice versa.

Or they could, I don't know, sell themselves. That seems much more prominent than selling each other, in this day and age.

Re:Sell each other (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897416)

I do that every day. Actually, only Monday to Friday.

Don't you?

Disregard children... (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 3 years ago | (#36896990)

DISREGARD CHILDREN, ACQUIRE CURRENCY.

Okay not really, but the joke had to be made.

The other way (1)

linear a (584575) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897054)

Can I run that the other way? I have some game gold I've saved up for a pet.

What do you call people like this? (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897082)

I know if they were white and living in the US, we'd say "white trash" or "trailer trash." I can think of no such name for these people though. Most asian stereotypes are actually pretty positive. The frequent addiction to gaming/gambling and drugs doesn't get much discussion, but China's history in that regard is extreme and goes back thousands of years.

if it was a boy... (1)

milkmage (795746) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897174)

uh. they do worse things to baby girls because of the "one child" law (you can only have one.. face stiff fines for every extra kid) boys are traditionally "worth more" as evidenced by the selling price(s)

that baby could have been killed simply for being the "wrong" gender.

now, sqeezing puppies as source of income is fucked up.. but less fucked up than killing girls.

Gold Farmers? No.. (1)

DeadboltX (751907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897250)

Child Farmers!

Fools! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897386)

So short sighted thinking! All they'd have to do is sustain them for about 5 years and show them how to farm gold.

tststs, people slaughtering the goose that lays the golden eggs...

Casey anthony says (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897494)

PFFT...amateurs

Crazy China news makes me think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897524)

China is the Florida of Asia

Beats killin' em (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897574)

At least they didn't just drown them all.
Usually in China, when a woman is pregnant and the couple already has a male child, the newborn ends up in a river. Anyone commenting on how terrible these people are really don't know the whole story.

A Business Plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36897652)

At this rate and at which they sell them there going to be out of money very soon. They should look into maybe renting the kids instead of out right selling them. Also they need to get on having more kids, you can have a kid every 37 weeks, well plus 2 for recovery, so every 38 weeks you could making a new "cash cow/kid" hybrid. If you sell out right you could be making a lump sum of 15,000 us dollars, 10,000 for the defected ones. But in the renting idea I stated earlier you could charge by the week, month, or even year, for as little as 128 a month, that's a cheap car payment, but you would have a steady income. Also there's a leasing plan, and i don't have to go into details on the payments for that one but if they default, you get to take the kid back and keep what they have already payed out plus the interest earned, that could amount to about 25g's! But then they already know all of this, they're Asian for god sakes, i think they just don't realize how easy this money making plan is.

-VWC

Suspicious (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897684)

Whenever I read about these stories from china, I wonder... how much is true? It's sourced from a Chinese paper, which means it could very easily be a government plant. An effort to scare the people away from western MMORPGs and the internet in general, where they may be exposed to non-Chinese culture. It wouldn't be the first case of a government creating a moral panic for political reasons, and when it comes to manipulating media and population China has perhaps more skill than any other government.

I guess that makes them a... (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36897840)

M-M-M-M-Monster douche!

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